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Health Tip: Spot Problems With a CPAP

Health Tip: Spot Problems With a CPAP

12/01/11

(HealthDay News) -- CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a device used to improve breathing in people with chronic conditions such as sleep apnea.

The system may have to be adjusted after initial use to help ensure the best treatment. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers these signs that a specialist may need to adjust your CPAP:

  • You have gained or lost a significant amount of weight since starting the device.
  • You continue to feel sleepy during the day.
  • You are using another sleep apnea treatment, such as a mouthpiece.
  • It's been a month since you first started using your CPAP, or six to 12 months since your last adjustment.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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